Forming the spine of this wilderness are the mighty Elk Mountains which include six 14ers, among them the famous Bells. Noted for their deep red cliffs, colored by a mixture of sand and iron-rich mud, the twin peaks of Maroon Bells are considered to be the most photographed in the state. The sheer majestic presence of these iconic mountains is breathtaking! The jagged symmetry of the Maroon Bells, reflected in Maroon Lake, is a mountain scene you’ll never forget. Lush aspen groves, lofty peaks lined with perpetual snow, clear flowing streams, flower-speckled alpine meadows, and dark forests of spruce and fir ringed by granite peaks make this the arguably the top rated hike in Colorado. An abundance of wildlife, including moose, elk, and deer, thrive in these mountains. This will be the location for the LYC 2018 Adventure Camp.
During the 5 days we’ll spend in the backcountry, we’ll trek over four mountain passes (Maroon Pass, Frigid Air Pass, Trailrider Pass, and Buckskin Pass) exploring beautiful alpine lakes, magnificent fields of wildflowers, and amazing waterfalls! This strenuous but highly scenic backbacking experience provides spectacular views and high elevation hiking. With over 8000 feet of elevation gain this hike is not to be taken lightly so be sure to come prepared – but with great views of the most beautiful wilderness area in Colorado, every step will be well worth it!
The 283 square mile Maroon Bells – Snowmass Wilderness lies within the White River and Gunnison National Forests, just south of Aspen.
ArrivalDate : Tuesday, July 31, 2018 (not later than 1:00 pm).
Departure Date: Thursday, August 9, 2018 (not later than noon/departing Denver International Airport not later than 3pm).
Orientation meetings will be held on Tuesday & Wednesday evenings. We will be doing some day hiking during the day on Wednesday and put-in on Thursday morning. The backcountry portion of the trip will last 5 days. On Tuesday and Wednesday following the hike we will clean and inventory equipment, go shopping, and spend a half-day on the Colorado River which offers some of the class III-IV rapids including The Wall, Tombstone, Man Eater, Superstition and many more!
What airport do staff & campers fly into and out of?
Denver International Airport (DIA)
8500 Pena Blvd.
Denver, CO 80249
Phone: (303) 342-2000
Note: The distance from DIA to Aspen, Colorado is 183 miles – Via: I–70; CO – 82. (Driving time is approximately 3 hours and 28 minutes without traffic – but plan on 4 hours and 15 minutes with high/moderate summer traffic)
There will be a $25 round trip fee pickup/drop-off fee for those flying.
Note: For those driving to this camp – details will be announced of when and where to arrive/depart from upon acceptance (this is yet to be determined – but will be near Aspen, Colorado).
Staff: To be considered for staff positions applicants must be 21 years of age or older. Staff members selected must have the ability to hike mountain passes with heavy loads, as well as perform other adventurous activities such as whitewater rafting (class III-IV rapids). They must also be apt to teach, and have a love for working with teens and young adults.
Camper: Campers ages 13-20 may apply. Applicants selected must have the ability to hike mountain passes with heavy loads, as well as perform other adventurous activities such as whitewater rafting. No special training or knowledge is needed with regard to whitewater rafting. Preferential acceptance will be given to those age 15 and up. If there is room available, we will consider younger applicants.
Mini Campers: N/A
|Application Fee||Tuition Fee|
|Campers (Ages 13-20)||$5.00||$450.00|
|Staff (Ages 21+)||$5.00||$350.00|
Airport Transportation is $25 roundtrip or $12.50 one way per person.
Note: Application fees are non-refundable and are due with the application.
Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2018.
Tuition fees are due in-full no later than April 30, 2018.
How to Pay
We now accept online credit or debit card payments. Visit http://camp.livingyouth.org to register for camp and pay your fees online with your debit or credit card. You may also call Jenny Penman at (980) 254-0132 or fax your card details to (704) 844-1978.
If you prefer to pay by check or money order, mail it made payable to Living Youth Programs to: Living Youth PRograms, 2301 Crown Centre Dr., Charlotte, NC 28227.
How to Apply
Visit https://camp.livingyouth.org to register for camp. If you require assistance registering online or need a blank paper application, contact Jenny Penman by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (980) 254-0132.
Send Applications To
Living Youth Programs, 2301 Crown Centre Dr., Charlotte, NC 28227 Or fax to: (704) 844-1978. Please do not send applications or payments to the camp director as this will delay processing.
Cancellation / Refund Policy
All refunds for cancellations are given at the sole discretion of the camp director on a case-by-case basis. In general, once you have been accepted to camp, and the registration period has closed (whichever comes last) no refunds will be given.
Questions regarding camp should be directed to Sheldon Monson (Camp Director):
Questions regarding the application process or payments should be directed to Jenny Penman at: